Wednesday, January 21, 2015
There is one thing in my house that always tells me the truth. It's brutally honest to the core because it can't be anything different. It was specifically created for one purpose and one purpose only. My reflection stares back at me as I glaze into the mirror. There's no hiding, no denying... that's me. There's a great sense of authenticity in our nakedness. As in my case, it's usually the authenticity that I'm trying to avoid. I instantly start picking apart my "authentic" self. My eyes focus on the things I don't like rather than the things I do.
So this is where a necessary perspective change comes in handy. As we journey through the idea of what it means to be an authentic woman, we pause to take a look in the mirror. We look past the insecurities that try to sabotage our confidence, and we discover the authenticity in nakedness.
In the Song of Solomon, we are invited on the honeymoon of Solomon and his new bride. Upon seeing each other for the first time, Solomon expresses a powerful statement that redefines beauty. "You are altogether beautiful, my darling, there is no flaw in you." (Song of Solomon 4:7)
As I've been studying the Song of Solomon, this verse continues to resonant in my mind. At first glance, it's hard to believe. No flaws. Really? But if you give it further study and let it sink in, you will find that Solomon isn't telling her that she has the perfect body, but rather that her imperfections make her beautiful! He's appreciating her uniqueness! Everybody has flaws, but what Solomon is saying to his wife is, "Baby, you are my wife and I love everything about you!" And that my friends, is the definition of authentic nakedness.
Now when I look in the mirror, I remember the power of God's Word and I embrace my uniqueness. I see the "flaws," but my perspective is different. Often this takes several reminders because this world portrays a very different image of beauty, but with God's Word in my mind, I have the power to overcome the worldly thoughts. And you do too! Authenticity looks at those stretch marks and sees them as a sign of your sacrifice! Authenticity looks at the extra layers as a soft pillow for your children's heads. Authenticity looks at the drooping skin as wisdom that comes with age. Authenticity looks at the wrinkles as many smiles that brightened the days of others.
Nakedness is not something to be shamed off, but something to be embraced. You are altogether beautiful, my darling, there is no flaw in you!
Embracing the skin I'm in,
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Ephesians 4:23 “to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self…” (NIV)
Beginnings are thrilling, don’t you agree? They are filled with anticipation, with hope and excitement. With a new beginning we can put things behind us and move forward. And let’s be honest, some things are better left behind.
There are times that new beginnings can be more horrifying than thrilling I agree, and I have been in those places as well. But with a new year upon us it brings the hope of new adventures to experience, new joys to delight us and even new trials to walk. They await us in 2015.
As I look to the future and ponder the journeys yet to be taken and milestones that are yet to come my way, one thing burns in my heart. I want to face them all, these terrific and even tragic and beautiful things, as a new me.
I want new eyes that perceive what God is doing, to see how He is working everything out for His glory and my good (Rom 8, Ps 119:18, 1 Cor 2:9, Eph 1:18). I want to experience every terrific moment with a new heart that is tender to His promptings (Ez 36:26). I want new ears to know and hear His voice (Jn 10:3). Wouldn’t it be cool to hear the sound of Angels’ wings? I want new feet to walk out of my comfort zone (Isa 52:7-8).
I want a new me! I like me so I don’t want to get rid of me, I just want a new awareness, a fresh awakening. 2 Cor 5:17 tells us, “if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” and Ecc 3:11, “He makes everything beautiful in its time.”
I’ll be made new by being in His word. When I am in His word I’m being transformed (Rom 12). I want to consume it, I want to live it, breathe it, speak it, EAT IT!!
1 Chr 29:17 says God cares nothing for the surface – He desires our true selves . This is the pursuit of Authenticity and this is what I want to frame EVERY new thing that is yet to be.(MSG)